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1 What can the ACM Education Council do for TOCE? Robert McCartney Co-editor-in-Chief (with Josh Tenenberg) ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing ACM Transactions on Computing Education

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3 Background ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (Co-editors, Lillian Boots Cassel, Ed Fox, ) ACM JERIC is an electronic publication providing access to high quality, archival resources suitable for support of computing education. Resources include scholarly articles with wide applicability and potential impact as well as multimedia and visualization works, laboratory materials, and other digital objects of practical use supporting learning in the computing field. These may support course presentation or informal learning, either locally or through distance education activities. They may be downloaded for use by trainers, teachers, students, or other learners.

4 More background ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (Co-editors, R. McCartney, Josh Tenenberg ) Our vision is for JERIC to be the premier scholarly journal affecting the practice of computing education. The articles will address topics of interest to teaching practitioners; they will be rigorously reviewed based on its published guidelines; and they will be widely read and discussed.

5 JERIC Review criteria Manuscripts are expected to: have content that can be directly applied by classroom instructors or curriculum designers; appeal to a broad audience interested in computing education; address significant problem(s) of lasting value; build upon (and cite) relevant references; adequately evaluate any teaching intervention (e.g. tool, visualization, instructional method) in terms of its impact on learning in actual use use appropriate methodology, both for the teaching intervention and its evaluation; provide sufficient detail to replicate and evaluate; be clearly and carefully written; and adhere to accepted standards of style, usage, and composition.

6 JERIC Review criteria have content that can be directly applied by classroom instructors or curriculum designers; appeal to a broad audience interested in computing education; address significant problem(s) of lasting value; adequately evaluate any teaching intervention (e.g. tool, visualization, instructional method) in terms of its impact on learning in actual use use appropriate methodology, both for the teaching intervention and its evaluation; provide sufficient detail to replicate and evaluate;.

7 JERIC Editorial Board Lecia Barker Mark Guzdial Orit Hazzan Cay Horstmann Deepak Kumar Lauri Malmi Bertrand Meyer Gary Nutt Manuel Pérez-Quiñones Robert Sloan Gene Spafford Susan Wiedenbeck

8 Two years later Publishing high-quality papers More submissions + explicit review standards = not enough papers (about 2 per issue)

9 Two years later Publishing high-quality papers More submissions + explicit review standards = not enough papers (about 2 per issue) Confusion about mission of journal related to name Perceived narrow focus on educational tools

10 JERIC => TOCE Proposed name change, with broader scope, stronger ties to SIGCSE and SIGITE Strong support from Ed Board, SIGCSE Board, and SIGITE Board Approved by Publications Board Will start with March 2009 issue

11 Strategies to increase submissions Closer ties to smaller education conferences, education tracks of non-education conferences (e.g. PVW, Koli Calling) Closer ties to communities within community (e.g. LACS) Encouraging individual authors to extend conference papers (SIGCSE, ITICSE, ICER, …) Increased stature inherent in being Transactions Lots of potential here

12 Challenges Conference relationships are tricky –Many conference tracks already have Journal deals –Non-ACM conferences can be a problem –Want relationship to be mutually-beneficial Papers mostly relevant to traditional computer science Computing education culture more tied to conference papers

13 What can the Ed Council do? Help us with contacts –Education tracks in other conferences –Education workshops –Sub-communities and special-interest groups Encourage authors

14 What can the Ed Council do? Give us advice! –How do we get more papers? –How do we reach out to a broader community? –What are the interests that we do not serve? –Who else should be represented on our editorial board? –How do we convince people that revision/resubmit is a positive thing?

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